The School

Russian Ballet Orlando transforms passionate dance students into versatile, individualistic artists able to collaborate and evolve fluidly in a fast-changing society.

Vadim and Irinia Fedotov founded Russian Ballet Orlando in 2000. The school continues to strive for its founders' vision by deconstructing dance to allow dancers the ability to perfect their technique and form so it flows naturally and passionately from within. We cultivate the individual artist within you.

In more than 13 years of existence, Russian Ballet Orlando has remained at the forefront of American dance education. Graduates of the School have gone on to dance for major classical ballet companies, as well as for numerous modern and contemporary companies, both in the United States and abroad.

Russian Ballet Orlando is the only ballet school in Central Florida that offers a well-rounded dance curriculum that includes serious training in both classical ballet (technique, pointe, variations, adagio, men’s classes) and contemporary ballet (technique, improvisation, partnering), as well as modern, character, choreography, dance history, music, Pilates and Yoga. Special workshops are taught by guest faculty to augment the curriculum.


Russian Ballet Orlando fuses multiple styles of balletic training to create a curriculum that is uniquely Russian. We have incorporated fundamentals and best practices from these styles to create the Russian Vaganova style of dance training. The Vaganova method is a ballet technique and training system devised by the Russian dancer and pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951). The technique fuses elements of traditional French technique from the romantic era with the athleticism and virtuosity of Italian technique.[1] The training system is designed to involve the whole body in every movement, with equal attention paid to the upper body, legs and feet. Vaganova believed that this approach increases consciousness of the body, thus creating a harmony of movement and greater expressive range.

We have gone many steps further incorporating modern understanding of human anatomy and physiology to minimize dance related injuries while maximizing strength, endurance and flexibility.

The Dance Training at Russian Ballet Orlando has been designed into levels appropriate to the age, maturity and dance expertise of each student. Students will elevate to higher levels at the conclusion of each year, in a systematic and progressive manner. We produce well-rounded, versatile artists that will thrive in today’s dance environment.